So, I finally caved today and decied to start upgrading the HTPCs with the TV Pack. I had been holding off on doing it till now, because well...everything has been working like smooth butter for quite some time.
Why fix something that aint broke?
But the allure of having multiple tuner support (without any hacks), the integrated guide, and some of the other "supposed" improvements, pushed me over the edge.
I upgraded one of the machines that has the M780 in it and configured it to use one of the HDHomeruns as well. So, 1 analog and 3 digital tuners (all QAM capable).
Did the whole nine yards with TV Pack install, Playready and what not...and to my surprise...it actually worked on the FIRST try.
That's a rarity with Microsoft software.
Anyway, I just installed the updates over my existing Vista installation, I certainly did not reinstall Vista (but would have if needed). The TV Pack recognized all tuners correctly, scanned the channels and found "almost" all of them, although the channel names seem to be all over the place. Will have to sit down and clean up the guide and get some of the missing channels and channel names correct.
But other than that, the install seems pretty painless. I had been reading in various places where they said, you lose the "icons" for your existing recordings (since they are dvr-ms), but that doesn't seem to be the case. It still shows the icons just like before.
On a different note, are my eyes deceiving me, or does the TV Pack change something in the default decoder as well? The PQ ....well...SEEMS better..or is it just my mind playing tricks on me, since I installed new software?
(Will have to do some un-scientific testing).